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Businesses can REAP the rewards of Solar with up to 50% of project Costs covered.

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

With an increasing global emphasis on sustainable and renewable energy and rising electricity prices, businesses across the U.S. are exploring opportunities to transition to renewable energy sources and reduce electric bills. One such incentive, particularly for businesses in Montana and Idaho, is the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). If you're a business owner in these states considering a move to solar energy and storage, this article is a must-read.


What is REAP?

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Its primary objective is to provide financial assistance to rural and agricultural businesses, helping them to either purchase renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Most of Montana and Idaho qualify as a rural area under REAP.


Benefits of REAP Grants

  1. Financial Boost: REAP grants can cover up to 50% of eligible project costs. The remaining projects costs are still eligible for ITC tax credits and depreciation.

  2. Competitive Edge: Utilizing renewable energy can significantly reduce utility bills and provide a marketing advantage, as consumers increasingly favor eco-friendly businesses.

  3. Sustainable Growth: Solar energy and storage ensure a steady power supply, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and mitigating the risks associated with volatile energy prices.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for REAP grants in Montana and Idaho, businesses must:

  • Be located in a rural area or town with a population of less than 50,000 inhabitants.

  • Be a small business as per the definitions and standards of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

  • Demonstrate financial feasibility and a strong project performance.

Types of Projects Covered

While REAP covers a range of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements, when it comes to solar and storage, eligible projects include both Solar photovoltaic systems and energy storage systems connected to renewable energy sources.


Application Process

  1. Talk to Solar Marmot! Our team of energy experts can help identify if your business is a candidate, and prepare the application.

  2. Energy Audit: Before applying, businesses should conduct an energy audit to determine their energy needs and potential cost savings. This will form the basis of the application.

  3. System Design. Solar Marmot will prepare a professional Solar proposal for your review, at no cost to ensure the project

  4. Complete Application: The application form must be completed with a high level of detail. The specifics of the solar/storage project, projected savings, energy audit results, and other essential details are to be included.

  5. Submission: Submit the application to the USDA. Chances of success when the application is prepared by Solar Marmot, are excellent!

Conclusion

REAP grants offer a golden opportunity for businesses in Montana and Idaho to integrate solar energy and storage into their operations. Not only can they enjoy significant cost savings, but they can also reduce their carbon footprint and play an active role in creating a sustainable future.


For further information or to begin the application process, businesses are encouraged to contact their local USDA office or consult the USDA website (https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/energy-programs/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy/mt) .


Remember, the future is brighter with solar!

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